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Plant Pathology Minor

The Plant Pathology minor is designed for students who wish to learn more about the causes and control of plant disease.

Plant Pathology students may pursue careers in commercial crop production, industrial sales, private consulting, extension, or research. Increasing emphasis on biological control, integrated pest management, and sustainable agricultural practices requires knowledge of plant pathogen biology, host-parasite interactions, and environmental parameters influencing disease severity.  The Plant Pathology minor focuses on these areas and gives students the background necessary to develop or utilize environmentally sound disease control strategies.  This program can be designed to supplement majors in any field of the biological sciences and also can be used to prepare students for graduate studies in plant pathology.

Requirements

The minor in Plant Pathology requires 22 credits in approved courses in addition to the major requirements of the student's choice. Students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses required for the minor.

Prescribed Courses (7 credits)

  • BIOL 110 (4) (Sem: 1-4) Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity
  • *3 credits of PPEM 496 (1-18) (Sem: 5-8) Independent Studies

*Students must select, in consultation with the Plant Pathology minor adviser, at least three credits of PPEM 496 (Independent Studies) working with one or more faculty in the department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.

Additional Courses (15 credits)

Select 3 credits from:

  • PPEM 300 (3) (Sem: 5-6) Horticultural Crop Diseases
  • PPEM 405 (3) (Sem: 5-6) Microbe-Plant Interactions: Plant Disease and Biological Control

Students may select one of these two courses (PPEM 300 or PPEM 405) for the second list of Additional Courses, but the same course cannot be counted toward both lists.

Select a minimum of 12 credits from:

  • AGECO 121 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Plant Stress: It's Not Easy Being Green
  • AGECO/ENT 457 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Principles of Integrated Pest Management
  • PPEM 120 (3) (Sem: 3-8) The Fungal Jungle: A Mycological Safari from Truffles to Slime Molds
  • PPEM 300 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Horticultural Crop Diseases
  • PPEM 318 (2) (Sem: 3-8) Diseases of Forest and Shade Trees
  • PPEM 405 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Microbe-Plant Interactions: Plant Disease and Biological Control
  • PPEM 412 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Turfgrass Disease Management
  • PPEM 416 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Plant Virology: Molecules to Populations
  • PPEM 417 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Phytobacteriology
  • PPEM 425 (4) (Sem: 3-8) Biology of Fungi
  • PPEM 430 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Air Pollution Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • PPEM 454 (3) (Sem: 3-8) Virus Ecology
  • *PPEM 496 (1-18) (Sem: 3-8) Independent Studies
  • PPEM 497 (1-3) (Sem: 3-8) Special Topics
  • The departmental list of additional courses for the Plant Pathology minor with the approval of the minor adviser.

*Students may select, in consultation with the Plant Pathology minor adviser, an additional three credits of PPEM 496 (Independent Studies) working with one or more faculty in the department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.

Last revised by the department: Spring Semester 2015.

Enrollment Procedures

Students may apply in LionPATH for admission to the Plant Pathology minor. Select the Undergraduate Students tab; in Quick Links select Log in to LionPATH Student Center; then select Update Academics. If you encounter problems with the minor application process, please contact the Registrar's Office or view LionPATH's Using Update Academics tutorial video for assistance.

Please refer to LionPATH for additional information or consult with your major adviser if you are considering declaring a minor.

For additional information regarding the Plant Pathology minor, contact the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (814-865-7069) or Plant Pathology minor adviser Dr. María del Mar Jiménez Gasco.

Contact Information

María del Mar Jiménez Gasco, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor
Phone: 814-863-2355